If you’ve seen one Tyler Perry movie, you’ve pretty much seen them all. I’m talking Diary Of A Mad Black Woman to Acrimony to Madea’s Family Reunion–somehow the plots and themes are highly similar. Not to mention their writing can vary in terms of quality. In fact, Tyler gets criticized for not using other writers, but now he’s speaking out about the topic and finally saying that he’s tried it and other writers just make his work worse, not better. Worse? It can get worse, Tyler? How did Taraji P. Henson end up on the boat at the end of Acrimony? How? They’re on a boat in the middle of the water and she just appears? I think if you had another writer in the room with you, they’d go, “Eh, that doesn’t make sense, bitch.”
Tyler Perry movies are essentially: Angry Black Woman + Ain’t Shit Man = Drama/Comedy–depends what he’s going for. Just because you can see the plot of a Tyler Perry enterprise miles away, doesn’t mean he should change up the formula. At least according to him. And he’s beyond rich, so many are buying what he’s selling.
Tyler pissed writers off when he bragged on Twitter about writing a ton of scripts on his own:
WORK ETHIC!! Come on. Let’s go get 2020!!! pic.twitter.com/BzADIi1rAa
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) January 6, 2020
People started roasting him because his work does come off like it was hastily typed out in a machine-like fashion over the course of twenty-four adderall-fueled hours. Some pointed out that for someone who prides himself on hiring black talent, Tyler was gatekeeping black writers who also have a hard a time getting into the business. The Root says that Tyler talked to Essence about this and he has an explanation why he’s the only person who writes for his projects.
He recently did a press junket for his Netflix film A Fall From Grace–a movie about an ain’t shit man who tries to play an older black woman. What a stretch…
Tyler says that he knows his audience and knows what they want and other writers don’t:
“What people don’t know is early on, I had a writers’ room and it was a nightmare for me. Not only that but I had writers writing shows [and] they were turning in scripts that didn’t speak to my audience and my ratings took a dip. So what I started to do was I said “I’ve gotta write this because my audience knows my voice, they wanna hear from me, they wanna hear what I’m saying.”… As far as me and my shows The Have and the Have Nots, The Oval, Sistas, the comedies, I’m going to write those shows. But there are other shows we’re developing at the studio where there will be writers’ rooms with other showrunners and giving other people opportunities to do that… I don’t know what people are complaining about because I’m writing specifically for my audience–Specifically for them…
The Haves and the Have Nots just returned to number one, The Oval is number one on Wednesday nights. I have the receipts, but I understand wanting other people to have the opportunities as well.”
He also tweeted about his shows:
My writers room!!! To the millions of you who are loving what I do and watch my shows every week, don’t worry, I ain’t stopping!! Don’t forget. The Haves and the Have Nots returns tonight on @OWNTV and The Oval and Sistas return tomorrow on @BET!! #HAHN #TheOvalOnBET #SistasOnBet pic.twitter.com/aqCmpv7xm4
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) January 7, 2020
Tyler is kind of right. He does make bajillions of dollars, and his fans keep the money coming in. And at least he keeps doing nice shit with his money. But let’s be real, I have never walked into a Tyler Perry movie thinking it will be good, but I have walked out of a Tyler Perry movie surprised by how bad it was. So… if he’s cool with people hate-watching his stuff and cashing in, that works. But his “voice” can be accurately summed up by this Boondocks spoof so…
Why boondocks went so hard like that on Tyler Perry haha pic.twitter.com/TpZtOUqlc5
— 💲noelle. (@cnoelleharris) January 7, 2020